February 26th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
13 years ago

Top House Republican criticizes budget

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/26/art.boehner.gi.jpg caption="Obama's budget has been released."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives is speaking out about President Barack Obama's budget.

House Minority Leader John Boehner goes before cameras later this morning, but the Republican from Ohio is already out with a statement:

“Everyone agrees that all Americans deserve access to affordable health care, but is increasing taxes during an economic recession, especially on small businesses, the right way to accomplish that goal? Given the size of our $1.2 trillion deficit, a proposal costing up to $1 trillion must raise troubling questions.”

Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Mary J.

    I would like to say that after reading most of the horrible comments of the President, I would and strongly suggest that we wait and see how things come out. People we are judging him on only 2 months in office when we didn't even have clue as to what Bush was doing in 8 years of office. How many times have we seen Bush say anything about the budget or economy. Only Air Force One to the Ranch and Camp David. So unless you want failure keep believing we will fail. If you want hope that we are going to succeed then try a little thing call wait and see. Remember God is us what he want us to have and take away what we shouldn't.

    February 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. MN Voter

    Boehner is SO annoying. All he can do is criticize EVERYTHING. You never hear any actual IDEAS that he has (at least nothing feasible), only criticisms. Why doesn't he start doing what the people elected him to do and come up with some solutions or cooperate with current plans if he doesn't have any better ideas. This guy is such a blow hard. I hope he is not re-elected because it is obvious that his first priority is party power and not the good of our country.

    February 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Robert

    HJA, you need a history lesson, if you are speaking about the past 20 years. Your lack of fiscal knowledge is appauling. This budget stinks. It wreaks of Pelosi, Reid and Socialism. Republican House and Senate in 2010. Yes, lets take back Congress. Let the Dems have the White House for a while. It makes them feel all warm and fuzzy. Like painting a rainbow mural on the side of a VW bus, or hugging a lonely tree. The foul mouthed liberals, who are so full of hostility will remain calm, sing Kumbaya, and drink Pepsi with the new Obama label. Have a great day and the Republicans will control Congress soon. Enjoy your $14.00 and don't spend it all in the same place.

    February 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. please

    LIP –
    Bush inherited a deficit from Clinton? Really? hmm, so we are just going to make up things as we go? sounds like a repub. If you say it enoughttimes though, it becomes true –

    February 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Generational Debt

    Throwing more money at problems, money that the govt does not have and will force future generations to be in debt, is no solution.

    Stop wasting money Barry and start cutting costs. The best thing you could have done was force Pelosi to scrap her pork-ridden "stimilus' spending spree but instead you let it go, somehow managing to keep a straight face while saying it wasn't full of porked earmarks, and now this waste on healthcare.

    BHO's change is clear, it's the change in your pocket he keeps dipping into until there won't be any left.

    February 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. yvonne

    FYI: NAFTA was the brain child of Ronald Regan, signed by President George H.W. Bush, approved by the US House and Senate and signed into law by President Clinton. Check your history!!!

    February 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. donna

    And the democrats talk about bipartisanship but dont let anyone at the table.

    No need for them coming to the table if they aren't bringing any real ideas other than their usual CRITICISM and NEGATIVITY...

    February 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Don Gillespie

    All John Boehner does is carp and whine. I have never heard him actually put forth a positive recommendation or solution. I am tired of seeing his scowling face show up in the news. There's nothing really behind it.

    February 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. big daddy

    The GOP will go to hell in a hand basket !!Can't they get it !

    February 26, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Molly

    Never! Say it ain't so CNN...

    February 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    John Boehner is the typical"I,m a republican so I will disagree with anything any democrat says or does" Even if it's good for the country, he will find something objectionable about it. All the republicans want is tax cuts and that alone will not solve this crisis. Of course he doesn't like the budget........it's from a democrat!

    February 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Mr. Bojindals


    Take another hit off the toxins draining from Limbaugh's infectious, Oxy-Contin-addled anal cyst.

    February 26, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Brian

    Don't worry, Mr. Boehner! We're only raising taxes on folks who make 250K+ a year!

    What's that you say? Those are the only Americans you actually care about? Oops! Sorry!

    February 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Frank, Las Vegas

    Let me take a wild guess here, the republicans vote No. Boehner's and idiot and I hope the GOP sticks with him because that means there will be even less republicans in Washington in 2010 than they have now. That's Great News!

    February 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Robert

    I'm willing to bet they're saying the budget is terrible before they even bother to read it.

    February 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. James

    Why is Obama continuing the deficit spending in 2010? The budget is a yearly deal just because Bush’s budget was in deficit doesn’t mean Obama needs to follow suit…….just more of the same??? Bush added about 5 trillion over eight years to the national debt, including the “stimulus” Obama will add more than 5 trillion in four years!!!
    The majority of you Dems don’t seem to know the difference between a “budget surplus/deficit” and the “nation debt.”

    February 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    @LIP deficit of Clinton, where have you been the last 8 years. What deficit did Bush inherit? Really now get your facts straight before making such stupid remarks. Talking about collateral damage, that's the war in IRAQ, hey maybe you have the WMDs that Bush said Iraq had so he went to war. I know he and Cheney have the other 3 letter word "OIL" and all the no-bid contractors, can you say "HALIBURTON" who Cheney is bound at the hip with.

    February 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. JOE

    You can tell when John BONER is lying...His lips are moving..

    February 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. WhoCares?

    It could be absolutely perfect and Boehner would still grandstand about it. I wonder if he will cry and throw it down in some sort of sophmoric drama again.

    It's all he knows and all he does. In fact..It is all the Republican Party has especially after Jindal showed he is a pure joke.

    Get ready for this for four years,. The Republicans will never support anything and simply hope that America fails for four years just so they can get back in power.

    February 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Esther

    ..."....Given the size of our $1.2 trillion deficit, a proposal costing up to $1 trillion must raise troubling questions...”...

    I thought the deficit was more than $1.2 trillion? Is it not $3.5 trillion or so?

    February 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Keith

    I do not believe this man likes anything...someone has to make decisions and that job does not fall to the minority party at this time....I do not like all this spending either, but what we tried last 8 years did not work, let's set a new course, and give it a chance. Way toooooo much hate on these blogs....we are all in this together, even if we disagree. Disagree, but please be civil.....

    February 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Lolly, CO

    I like how Repubs blame Clinton and past Dems for issues. What ALWAYS happens is the Democrat president institutes great ideas intended to help working struggling people ... low interest loans, home mortgage interest deductions ... and the Repubs take over and remove all barriers to their greedy grubby hands to use it to their advantage ... tax cuts for rich, mortgage companies selling loans to people who can afford homes in the first place and hiding those facts. Clinton wanted to help shore up NA trade and Bush bastardized it. I am so tired of repeating these obvious points to you idiots. Are you arguing it on purpose to slow things down, either way I am done. You canwallow in your stupidity and have fun w/ Rush down the toilet.

    February 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. WhoCares?

    "Will he have an alternate plan or is it as usual more of the same??"

    Na...Why would he do that?

    He will be standing there until someone tugs the pull-cord on his back so he can parrot "Tax-Cuts!! Tax-Cuts!! Socialism!!"

    February 26, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. paul oregon

    does this guy really think that the GOP is relevent any more. palin and jandal have all ready taken the 2 top spots in the GOP as comics so that leaves bonehead out

    February 26, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Danny, OH

    The rich have been enjoying for the past 8 years. Obama said he will raise taxes on those making over $250,000 and since most rep fall within the range, they are all crying.
    If Bush had some sense and good ideas like Barack, we would not be where we are right now.
    Went to Iraq because of OIL. He should be impeached by now.

    February 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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